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EX2F 12.4 Megapixel Compact Camera - Black

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Samsung EX2F 12.4 Megapixel Compact Camera - Black EC-EX2FZZBPBUS Digital Cameras

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Product Dimensions 1.1 x 4.4 x 2.5 inches
Item Weight 10.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
ASIN B008XGS9G0
Item model number EC-EX2FZZBPBUS
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4.3 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #17,330 in Camera & Photo
#1,923 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com August 14, 2012

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Let me preface this by saying I've been shooting for over 25 years now and have pretty particular needs in my gear. I wanted a compact with a decent "normal" zoom range, good IQ, and usable ISO up to 400/800. When I got the previous model of this camera, the TL500 (EX1 to the rest of the world), I was extremely pleased with a camera rich in features, sporting the (then) fastest lens in a compact (f/1.8-2.4), 24-72mm equivalent, 45 user-selectable AF-points (and very easy and quick to do) RAW shooting, AEB (actual shooting dial setting, which being something I use often for HDR is nice), and controls that were closest to an SLR's (which was a major selling point for me). The TL500 had incredible IQ (Image Quality), fantastic color rendition, decent ISO and very clean noise handling up to 400 (and usable 800 for the most part). It's shortfalls? there were some, namely on the video side - VGA only, and not the fastest continuous shooting modes.

Then the EX2F came along, and it addressed all of my wishlist items for the TL500's replacement and came with more features (for such a camera) than I'd thought to even ask for.

What's new this time?
1. 24-80mm f/1.4-2.7 lens - a little longer but a 1/2-stop faster+ throughout the range
2. 12MP - more detail from the new sensor and faster lens. (But they did do something very nice in that you can choose what size shot AND what format (i.e. RAW or JPG) as well as shooting dual formats at once at that size... so if you want to cut down on file size, you can choose 10MP, or smaller)
3. Cleaner ISO noise up to ISO1600 (ISO goes up to 12800 with expansion)
3. FullHD 1080p Video w/ continuous auto focus, plus up to 6 photo frames WHILE shooting video
4. 3 continuous shooting modes - 3fps, 5fps, & 10fps modes.
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I have owned this camera for over a month now for the purpose of having a good quality travel point-and-shoot that could rival the image quality of my old Canon G6 for still shots with a brighter lens and have a decent HD video camera that could rival my Sony DSC-HX9V with much better sound quality in a single package. Well, every objective except one that I had with this camera was met. The low light light performance and image quality on both settings were outstanding, as advertised. However, the one glaring weakness in the EX2F was where Sony had the clear advantage - image stabilization while recording video. Sony is still the undisputed king when it comes to this area. The easiest way to test this is by simply walking while shooting video. The Sony with its Active Image Stabilization on is so solid that the image looks like it glides as you move forward while the EX2F looks like it's on a very bumpy road making the video very difficult to watch. Yes, it may be possible to correct this via software later in post production, but this is an extra process that can take additional time and effort when it could be resolved by the camera's stabilizer in the first place. The sound quality blows the Sony out of the water (it can record good rich bass!) plus having an articulated OLED screen is also a plus when shooting video. I have contacted Samsung Technical Support if the "Dual Stabilization" mode was operable for video and the response that I received was not encouraging since it only works for still shooting. That's why I ended up using both cameras during my recent trip to Walt Disney World.Read more ›
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With a 20-month and a 2-month old, there's plenty of action to be captured at home, and so far this camera has lived up to my hopes for it for primarily indoor shooting at relatively close distances (don't zoom much; don't have DSLR):

PROS
1. F1.4 keeps me from having to use flash my children's eyes, and allows me to capture at shutter speeds sufficient to keep the pictures from motion blur. (I was using an old Canon G3, but even its F2.0 wasn't bright enough to allow for fast enough shutter speeds.)
2. F1.4 is great for filming indoor videos where lighting can be dim. [25Oct2012 Additional info: Image stabilization does work in video mode -- it can be turned on or off via the Fn function menu: when "off," my videos look like they were recorded with a smartphone that doesn't have stabilization; when "on", those small movements are smoothed out.]
3. Articulating screen + wide angle 24mm for DIY family portraits (at arm's length). Being able to position the camera with the screen facing us saves a lot of time, and as you know, this time crucial for avoiding toddler restlessness. Also, seeing his own smile in the front-facing screen grabs the attention of this toddler and so he is faced the correct direction.
4. Can pause a video recording by pressing a button and then recompose from a different position (like with the Nokia N8). Home videos are ready to upload without further editing.
5. Dials (two on top, one in front by shutter) for mode, for timer settings/multiple frames/etc, and the front for exposure/WB/. I often use the 2-second timer to reduce shake, and it's a simple dial click away.
6. Wi-fi direct allows me to send by email or transfer a good photo to the Samsung Galaxy S3.

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